Drive inland for a stay in Matera, a UNECO-listed town famed for its ancient cave-dwellings. Its cinematic landscape has served as the backdrop for many a biblical epic, and was also the setting for Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli. Once evidence of the town’s acute poverty, many of the caves have now been transformed into stylish wine bars and boutique cave-hotels.
Here you can explore the hundreds of stone and bronze age caves, alongside a host of impressive churches and museums. It’s well worth a visit to the town’s towering cathedral to see the stunning 13th century Byzantine frescoes.